Invergordon - UK, Scotland

Tucked away in the Cromarty Firth, Invergordon opens the door to the unfathomed legends of Loch Ness, whose glorious Northern Highland setting dwarfs the human scale of ruined Urquhart Castle, forlornly reflected in waters over 700 feet deep. Nearby Inverness has much to offer. Or explore Scottish history amid the brooding splendour of 15th century Cawdor Castle (forever but wrongly - linked with Shakespeare's Macbeth), or at imposing Dunrobin Castle, dating from the 13th century and housing a fine collection of paintings, objets d'art and family memorabilia of the Earls of Sutherland. Also near to Invergordon is the pretty resort town of Tain, with its quaint collection of historic architecture spanning many centuries. You can also travel north for a visit to Glenmorangie Distillery, overlooking the shores of the Dornoch Firth. Continue to the town of Dornoch. Dignified and sleepy best describe this wonderful little town, clustered around its little Cathedral all in local stone. Also visit the Falls of Shin located in a picturesque wood in the Achany Glen. Local tours like these can be found on www.shorexcursions.co.uk. There are more than 30 cruises calling at this port. Click the month or cruise line logo you are interested in to see details of the cruises.